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T+L's Definitive Guide to Los Angeles

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A neighborhood guide to shopping—don’t forget your wallet.

Brentwood

Minnie Mortimer gives East Coast prep a kicked-back California breeziness with shirtwaist dresses and beachy striped tops at the Mini Shop. Nearby is Brentwood Country Mart, a warren of food stalls and shops by stylish clothiers including dressmaker Jenni Kayne, designer James Perse, and queen of Indian prints Roberta Freymann.

Abbot Kinney

Trend-setting jewelry, custom fragrances, international housewares—there’s always something intriguing on Venice’s Abbot Kinney Boulevard. We love the luxe leather bags at Kendall Conrad (No. 1121), the Danish and Swedish furniture at Huset (No. 1316 1/2), Linus Bikes(No. 1413 1/2) French-style city cruisers, and ChocoVivo (No. 1504) for stone-ground dark chocolate.

La Brea

Known for surf/skate brands, the stretch of La Brea Avenue between First and Second Streets has the latest arrivals: Kelly Cole (175 S. La Brea Ave.) sells classic rock T-shirts and unique collector’s items, and housewares shop A+R (171 S. La Brea Ave.) is a great source for modern lighting and furniture. The main attraction is Shelter Half (161 S. La Brea Ave.), where you’ll find only U.S.-made goods, from Save Khaki men’s apparel to Olmay Home accessories.

Downtown

Some of the world’s most coveted premium jeans are produced in industrial neighborhoods just outside Los Angeles. Now downtown L.A.’s Den.m Bar (111 W. Seventh St., suite R3) lets men and women customize their own. The bespoke pants are so popular that customers are encouraged to book an appointment. While in the building, check out Buttons & Bows (suite R11), a vintage shop opened by Bob Marley’s daughter Karen.

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